Gonzaga History 1961-1979
|Dale de Viveiros as Lun
Tha and Eletra Cipolato as
Tuptim in the “King and I”, 1965
|Catherine-Monica Hall, 1962
To celebrate Gonzaga’s Jubilee Year in 1962-1963, Gonzaga University feted the opening of seven building projects, which cost $3,500,000. Another women’s dormitory was completed. Built in two sections, St. Catherine Hall and St. Monica Hall housed over 350 coeds. In the center of the court were lounge and recreational facilities. Previously, the University had twice refused some 250 women applicants for admission due to lack of housing facilities.
|Hughes Hall, 1962|
|Campion Hall, 1962|
The ever-increasing enrollment necessitated that Gonzaga added an 18,000 square foot annex to the COG. (There were 2,111 students enrolled in the fall of 1962.) Three more smaller men’s dormitories were constructed on Boone Avenue: Alliance House, housed 20 students from Latin America and Western Europe with 25 students from the United States; Campion House, named in honor of the Jesuit martyr Edmund Campion, housed 37 male students; Rebmann, in honor of Gonzaga’s first president James Rebmann also housed 37 students.
|School of Law Building,
formerly Webster Elementary
|Students and parents listen to
Fr. Burns lecture at Parents’ Weekend, 1964
Gonzaga hosted its first Parents’ Weekend in April 1963. More than 200 visitors came to campus. A highlight was the banquet on Saturday evening. Due to its success, Parents’ Weekend occurred annually in the spring for the next 30 years.
|Gonzaga in Florence students
at the Piazzale Michelangelo,
In 1963 Gonzaga expanded its campus globally by establishing the Gonzaga in Florence Program in Italy. Students took core classes taught in English from Jesuits and lay faculty, and they were required to take an Italian course. Fr. Neil McCluskey was appointed director of the program. For its first year, the program accommodated 34 men and 25 women students.
|Bozarth Mansion and
Retreat Center, 1982
|Jesuit House, 1964|
|Kennedy Pavilion, 1964|
|Naiads on diving board in Kennedy
Pavilion swimming pool, 1968
|Health Center, 1966|
In 1968, three laymen were appointed to serve with the five Jesuits on the Board of Trustees. This was the first time that laymen served with this important group. Over the years the number of total trustees has increased with the number of Jesuit members decreasing. In 2007, of the 28 trustees only six are Jesuit.
|Students, about 1968|
|Students observe Vietnam Moratorium
at Gonzaga University, 1969,
Welch Hall in background
On October 15, 1969, Gonzaga University campus participated in the Vietnam Moratorium Day in Spokane. Classes were suspended so that the entire student body and faculty could examine the historical and political aspects of the Vietnam War. Later in the afternoon, approximately 2,300 people, including Gonzaga students, marched peacefully from the Kennedy Pavilion to the U. S. District Court House in downtown Spokane. Prior to the march, a public rally was held near Welch Hall. Spokane attorney and GU alumnus Carl Maxey gave a speech saying that the war must end immediately. The rally and march were sponsored by the Spokane Moratorium Committee.
|Cast from “Taming of the Shrew”, 1973|
|Pilgrims on the second
In May 1970 Gonzaga sponsored its first Pilgrimage, with the second one occurring that fall. All the succeeding treks would take place in the fall. The total walk was about 30 miles over two days to the Cataldo Mission, the oldest standing building in Idaho and was established by the Jesuits in the 1840s. A Jesuit Priest and a California Scholastic founded the Pilgrimage. Later, University Ministries took over its organization. As is tradition, the pilgrims make designated stops along the route where individual groups perform skits. A mass is held at the Cataldo Mission to complete the journey.
|Father Coughlin, 1974|
Beginning in the fall of 1970, for the first time Gonzaga law school offered a full-time day program. With a day program, students would able to complete their studies in three years, instead of the usual four years for an evening program. This decision allowed for more students to be admitted which meant that the Law School had to hire more full time faculty. From 1970 to 1979 there was an increase in law school enrollment from 159 to 879. Two new classrooms in a modern addition were added in 1973 to help the space problem.
Fr. Bernard J. Coughlin became Gonzaga’s 23rd president in October 1974. Prior to his arrival, Gonzaga was facing soaring operating deficits; campus growth was static; and enrollment had begun to decline. Within two years of his arrival, the budget was balanced and enrollment had begun to grow. Coughlin would continue to successfully serve Gonzaga as president for 22 years. Afterwards, he became Gonzaga’s first Chancellor.
A longed-for goal was obtained by the Law School in December 1977, when the Association of American Law Schools admitted the Law School for the first time as its 133rd member. The law school library was one of the largest ones in the west and other problems had been addressed. At the time, the school had 27 full-time and 21 part-time faculty members with 510 full-time and 355 part-time students.
|Panel at the Presidential Press
Secretaries’ Forum at Kennedy
On April 1, 1978, Gonzaga hosted the Presidential Press Secretaries’ Forum at the Kennedy Pavilion. Over 2,500 people heard four former presidential press secretaries answer questions on a panel. The presidential aides worked for Nixon, Johnson, Ford, and Kennedy. The panel also included media from the New York Times, ABC –TV news, and Portland Oregonian, a representative from Kaiser Aluminum, and the son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. More than 2 million viewers tuned in to view the edited version of the forum “Some of the President’s Men”, which was televised over the national PBS network in May during prime time.
|President Coughlin and Bob Hope
look at Bing Crosby painting in the
Crosbyana Room, 1978
A few months later, entertainer Bob Hope was on campus to participate in Gonzaga’s 1978 commencement. To honor his friend Bing Crosby, who had died six months earlier, Hope gave the commencement address. In return Gonzaga gave him an honorary degree. During his speech, Hope made comical remarks about himself, Crosby, and Gonzaga.
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